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 Senior ideologue of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Dr. Rafat passes away; JIH Prez Sadatullah Husaini calls it a great loss to Muslim Ummah, Islamic Movement and country

Posted on 09 January 2021 by Admin_markaz

Dr-Rafat

Late Dr Mohammad Rafat

 

New Delhi, 09 Jan.2021: Islamic scholar, a prolific writer and senior ideologue of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH), Dr Mohammad Rafat, who recently retired as a professor from Jamia Millia Islamia, passed away on Friday evening at the Al-Shifa Hospital, New Delhi. He was 65 years of old and is survived by three sons, two daughters and his widow. His widow-Nusrat-is the daughter of former President of the JIH and a well-known Islamic scholar, Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umari. His funeral prayer was led by Maulana Umari on Saturday evening after Isha Salah at the JIH Markaz mosque (Masjid Ishat-e-Islam). He was buried in Shaheen Bagh graveyard, Okhla New Delhi tonight. People in large numbers from all walks attended the funeral prayer later many among them converged at Shaheen Bagh graveyard to pay last respect to him.

Expressing condolences over his death, JIH President Syed Sadatullah Husaini said: “The demise of Dr Rafat is a great loss for the Muslim Ummah, the Islamic Movement and the entire country. He was a leading intellectual, tremendous leader, firm ideologue and a benevolent mentor. He was an erudite scholar of Islam and a prolific writer. He was blessed among many qualities with a razor sharp memory and an unmatched ability to give speeches on a myriad of topics without any notes in such a coherent manner that it would appear as if he is reading a written essay. He led an extremely simple life and had a very pleasant disposition. He was a teacher of theoretical physics. This subject of science has a deep connection with philosophy, so he made a direct study of philosophy and important ideas of science from its original sources. As one of the foremost ideologues of Jamaat, he always upheld and acted on the basic and core principles of Islam. May Allah forgive his sins and grant him the highest Paradise.”

 

A native of Khurja in Bulandshahr district of the Western UP, Dr. Rafat did his MSc in Physics from the Aligarh Muslim University in 1976 and PhD from IIT, Kanpur. He joined Jamia Millia Islamia in 1985, one year after receiving his PhD degree. He retired as Professor- Department of Applied Sciences and Humanities from the Jamia Millia on July 31, 2020.

 

Dr. Rafat, who was associated with the Islamic movement ever since his student days, was a member of the Central Advisory Council, the highest decision-making body of the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind from 1999 till his death. He wrote more than 15 books on various subjects in Urdu and English languages.

 

Besides being director of the Centre for Study and Research (CSR) of JIH, for the last two years, he had also previously worked as chairman of the JIH’s Tasneefi Academy and secretary of the Jamaat’s Shoba-e-Tarbiyat(Department of Training). He also gave his services as the President or Ameer-e-Halqa of Delhi and Haryana from 1995 to 2011. He had also worked as honorary editor of Urdu monthly, Zindagi-e-Nau, an Islamic research magazine, from 2009 to 2019. Besides, he headed several important committees of the JIH for policy-formulation and the creation of new institutions and allied organizations.

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